Trina and Jeff Horner’s garden

Walnut Creek

Lot size: 2,550 sq. ft. front, 5,175 back gardens and 375 sq. ft side garden, 80% native

Garden Age: Garden was installed in the fall of 2013

Years on the Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour: 2

Trina and Jeff wanted to use less water, have a low-maintenance and visually interesting garden, and they expressed an interest in bunchgrasses. The Team at Four Dimensions designed and installed the garden the Horner’s wanted, and the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s Lawn and Irrigation Conversion Rebate program helped foot the bill to remove more than 3,500 sq feet of lawn and install a water-conserving drip irrigation system. An attractive, meandering decomposed granite path leads one around the meadow, and through this colorful and serene garden.

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• The flat site presented challenges for storm-water drainage. The solution was to create a “rain garden”, which would keep water onsite to gradually soak into the soil, both recharging groundwater reserves, and lessening the erosive impact on local creeks. Check out the rush-planted swales in the back garden, which collect water from the downspouts.
• Monkeyflower, currants, ferns, coffeeberry, and snowberry thrive in the shady back garden.
• Drop down into one of the seating areas and enjoy the view of this peaceful garden.
• Meet the designer! Michael Thilgen from Four Dimensions will be at this garden from 10:00-1:00.

Gardening for Wildlife horner-2-12

Owls, swallows, and hummingbirds flit through the garden. Other birds visit the berry-bearing pink-flowering and yellow currants, toyon, snowberry, and manzanitas. Bees are drawn to the sages, manzanitas, and California lilac.

Garden Talks

12:00 “Choosing beautiful, colorful and dependable native plants that please the eye and enhance habitat” by Michael Thilgen

Plant list

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